Hodgesville Elementary School students and staff celebrated National Volunteer Week by treating their volunteers to a brunch on April 17, 2015. Each classroom presented a thank you skit while the volunteers enjoyed donuts and other breakfast foods. We wanted the volunteers to know "We DONUT we'd do without you!"
Each volunteer also left with a care package of donuts and a pinwheel saying "thank you." Everyone at HES truly appreciates all the hard work our volunteers do to make our school the best!
Janet L. Phillips, NBCT
Students at Hodgesville Elementary were treated to a special Science lesson from NASA employee, Jessie White. Third, fourth, and fifth graders learned all about the physics of building a rocket to start off their day. Then small groups of students used their newly gained knowledge to build rockets. Even the teachers put their skills to work building a rocket.
The finale came when the entire student body gathered outside to watch each rocket launch! The school wide winning rocket traveled over 205 feet. In addition to learning all about science, Mr. White challenged the students to set their goals high and work to achieve them and to not allow anyone to tell them their dreams are impossible.
Janet L. Phillips, NBCT
Professionals from our community shared with all Rock Cave Elementary School students the importance of staying in school and completing their high school diploma and going on for further training and specializations.
Students heard from Banks District Fire Department, WVDNR, Corp of Engineers, Upshur County Emergency Squad and a nurse midwife.
Pictures from the RCES Career Day held on April 10th, 2015:
Rock Cave Elementary School recently had a Title I parent involvement activity titled "Artistic Arithmetic". Following a dinner, parents broke into groups for K-2 and 3-5 where teachers shared more about NxGen math, Number Talks, math strategies, Touch Math and online resources. Their final station was an art activity with Mr. Bender. All present painted a sunset after listening and following Mr. Bender's directions.
Everyone had a nice time, especially Grace Snider, as she won the tablet that was given away.
Parent Involvement activites are ongoing throughout the school year to encourage parents and families to support instruction at home for increased learning for the students.
RCES recently held a parent involvement activity to orient parents to the upcoming Smarter-Balanced Assessment. Grades K-5 have been preparing for several months and parents were recently introduced by taking and reviewing practice tests, watching how teachers have been preparing students with performance tasks and website resources for further information.
This assessment now known as the WV-MAP (West Virginia Measure of Academic Performance), will be administered to students in grades 3-11 across the state beginning in just a few short weeks.
Preparation for this and future summative assessments is the responsibility of the school and student families, and we appreciate all the parents that participated this day.
Mrs. Carpenter's, Ms. Shannon, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Kraynok's classes are pictured below.
RCES celebrated Dr. Suess Day on Monday, March 2nd. We had special readers in our building, including Mr. Wager, Superintendent, pictured below. John and Penny Haymond also came to read. Students were treated to green eggs and ham for breakfast, prepared by Mary Hyre. Mrs. Kraynok's class celebrated throughout the day and had special activities with parents.